Top Tory asked if he still supports PM after Downing Street party

The Bath and North East Somerset Tory leaders have declined to say whether he still supports the prime minister after admitting he attended parties during the lockdown.

Vic Pritchard accused Liberal Democrat council leader Kevin Guy of scoring political points after being asked if he thought he had the best interests of the country in mind.

Others criticized the “ridiculous abuse” of an email sent to all councilors, saying “toxic” partisan games were of no benefit to local residents.

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In an open letter to Conservative Party leader Councilor Pritchard, Councilor Guy said: “I am being approached by many people in Bath and North East Somerset, who are appalled at the behavior of the Prime Minister and the Conservative government, who are holding parties at number 10 Downing Street while the rest of the country was locked down.

“You will no doubt have also seen online stories of immeasurable sacrifices, of following the rules, of loved ones left alone in their final hours.

“When you read these stories, nobody can help feeling sad and angry.”

He asked: “Do you still support the Prime Minister, or do you share our feeling of growing anger at his belief that the rules don’t apply to him – and that the right response to spotting a mistake is to think we’re so stupid.” that we don’t notice he’s lying his way out?

“Do you still have faith in the Westminster government, including any of our local MPs?

“Do you support your national governing party or local residents?

“Since we are from different parties, of course we have different views and values, but do you trust that your current leadership has the best interests of all our residents, or is focused on benefiting their friends?”

Councilor Pritchard declined to answer, saying he was answerable to his constituents, not Councilor Guy, who he said wanted to “score cheap political points”.

“If we all sent round-robin emails to each other every time our colleagues at the national level behaved inappropriately, we would never get anything done,” he wrote.

“As councilors, we should be above these things and focus on the best interests of our residents.

“May I suggest that if you paid more attention to residents’ feelings, your administration wouldn’t suffer from the myriad of problems that continue to engulf it.”

Councilor Colin Blackburn said Councilor Guy’s open letter was a “ridiculous abuse of mass email”, while Councilor Dr Yukteshwar Kumar said local politicians should focus on local issues.

Councilor Shaun Hughes said: “I am sure we, of whatever party or background, are shocked by the actions of a privileged group and fully condemn anyone who has broken the rules during the lockdown, but this council must remain focused on the current needs of our residents. especially as we try to recover from this terrible time.

“I’m so glad I’m independent because I find this style of partisan play to be toxic and without any benefit to the local community.

“Maybe we’re moving in different circles, as most of my residents are more concerned about increasing council taxes and paying the heating bill.”

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